The Atlantic

The Best Business Reads of March

The month’s most interesting stories about money and economics from around the web
Source: Darren Staples / Reuters

Each month, the editors of The Atlantic’s Business Channel put together a list of the most insightful and interesting pieces of journalism about money and economics from around the web.

This month’s picks include the practical and the absurd: stories about curious pet financing schemes, the relentless gig economy, and the disconnect between the way companies interact with their customers versus their employees.

If you’ve missed previous roundups, you can find recent ones here and here.


I’m Renting a Dog?

Patrick Clark  | Bloomberg

The Sabins had bought their new dog, Tucker, with financing offered at the pet store through a company called Wags Lending, which assigned the contract to an Oceanside, California-based firm that collects on consumer debt. But when Dawn tracked down a customer service rep at that firm, Monterey Financial Services Inc., she learned she didn’t own the dog after all.

“I asked them: ‘How in the heck can I owe $5,800 when I bought the dog for $2,400?’ They told me, ‘You’re not financing the dog, you’re leasing.’ ‘You mean to tell me I’m renting

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic3 min readPolitics
What Happens When a Billionaire Swoops In to Solve the Student-Debt Crisis
A philanthropist surprised Morehouse College graduates at commencement by announcing he would pay off their student loans. But one person—even a very generous one—can only do so much.
The Atlantic6 min readPolitics
Macron and Salvini: Two Leaders, Two Competing Visions for Europe
The French and Italian politicians see different futures for the continent. Both face tests in this week’s European Parliament elections.
The Atlantic4 min readPolitics
The Partisan Divide On How To Read The Intelligence On Iran
Adam Schiff lays out his worries on the intelligence, but the Trump administration is pushing back.